|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1845|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1921|
Santa Cruz County
From the Santa Cruz Surf, Monday, February 21, 1921
"EX-SUPERVISOR BALL PASSES SUDDENLY--After a life of honest endeavor and much general activity ex-Supervisor Joseph Ball has passed into eternal sleep. Mr. Ball expired suddenly last evening at 9:20 o'clock, death occurring at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. E. Draper, who resides at 21 Franklin Street. Mr. Ball has not been enjoying robust health for some time past, but his indomitable spirit to accomplish business tasks that confronted him, occupied his attention to the last.
While born in Canada, Mr. Ball has spent 50 years of his life in California, becoming an American citizen while still a young man and always manifested his principles for citizenship on all appropriate occasions. During the long period of his residence in California, Mr. Ball's interests centered for the most part in the San Lorenzo valley, and the larger period of his residence was spent in Felton, where he for some time conducted the Grand Central hotel as well as the Big Trees, being in charge of the latter place for a period of 20 years. During the major portion of the time Mr. Ball was at the Big Trees, the Cowell portion of the grove was not partitioned off by a fence as has been the case for many years past. In the years gone by when Sunset Park at Glenwood was a rendezvous for large Sunday picnics from the bay cities, Mr. Ball was the most successful lessee of the park. For many years past he has also owned and directed the interests of a pleasure park and camp grounds located at Niles canyon, Alameda County, and for some years past has divided his attention between this place and Santa Cruz. As a supervisor of the San Lorenzo district, Mr. Ball was first elected in 1900 and was again honored by a return to office in 1912, when he succeeded J. Hartman. He took much personal interest in the affairs of his office and it was no uncommon sight to see him busy with the pick and shovel, and directing work as well on the mountain highways. He was on the same board as Ralph Miller, and the latter in referring to his death, remarked that he is now the only surviving ex-member of that board, as with Mr. Ball's death, together with the passing of Mssrs. Esty, Collins, and Linscott, all members have gone except himself.
In politics Mr. Ball was a Democrat, but one with liberal views. As an Odd Fellow, he was a most interested, active member, having been associated with the Branciforte lodge for the past thirty years. The funeral will be held in Santa Cruz, and interment will be in I. O. O. F. cemetery.
The deceased was 76 years of age and a native of Canada. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. E. Draper of Santa Cruz and Mrs. W. H. Glass of San Luis Obispo."
Annie Lettice McKoy Ball (1855 - 1901)
Baby Ball (1876 - 1877)*
Lucy Cecilia Ball Draper (1877 - 1936)*
Bessie Margaret Ball Glass (1880 - 1963)*
Santa Cruz Memorial Park
Santa Cruz County
Created by: Clifford Laureno
Record added: Jun 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37804158